Life in your very first apartment rental is a big adventure! Everything seems possible as you step out on your own and enter the wide world of adulting. Your eyes are set on freedom, independence, and possibility, but wait…there’s also a LOT of responsibility that comes with being a first-time renter. Here’s what you really need to ask to make sure that your first renting experience is a successful one!
1. What’s included in my monthly rent?
Surprises are great…unless, of course, they wind up costing you money that you weren’t expecting to spend. Before you even begin looking for an apartment rental, you need to spend some time getting very clear on your budget! The monthly rent listed, however, is likely not the only expense you’re going to incur. As you tour properties, be sure to ask which, if any, utilities are covered in your monthly base rent.
2. What are the move-in costs?
Moving into your apartment rental can cost more than expected. Not only will your landlord likely require both your first and last month’s rent up front, but most landlords will also require a security deposit equal to the cost of one month’s rent. This amount will cover any damages done to the space during the length of your lease.
3. Am I allowed to have roommates?
Even if it initially seems like a great idea to live solo, there’s no way to tell how life might change throughout the duration of your lease. For that reason, it’s important to know your landlord’s stance on roommates (and whether or not the option exists to add one onto the lease later down the line if need be).
4. How long is the lease and what are my renewal options?
While the typical lease on an apartment rental is 12 months, many non-traditional lease terms exist as well, making this an important question to ask (so you know what you’re getting locked into). Additionally, you’ll want to understand what protocol needs to be followed as you near the end of your lease so you don’t find yourself in breach of your contract.
5. Are there noise restrictions?
Even if your landlord or association do not have specific codes regarding noise, it’s likely that your city or town does. Failure to comply with them could get you in hot water.
6. What are your pet policies?
If you plan on bringing Fido along with you to your new apartment rental, you’ll want to make sure that he’s welcome. Most apartment communities have strictly enforced guidelines when it comes to what types, size, and even breeds of pets are allowed on the property.
7. What is the policy on overnight guests?
If you’re one to entertain, there’s a high probability that you’ll have some couch-crashers at some point during your lease. Make sure that having the occasional overnight guest won’t break the terms of your lease.
8. Where do I park?
Parking isn’t always as prevalent is we’d like it to be, and taking up your neighbor’s spot is a big no-no in most apartment communities. Be sure to ask your landlord where the proper place is for you and your guests to park.
9. How are unexpected emergencies handled?
If a pipe bursts in the middle of the night, the first thing you’ll want to do is call the right people who can get it fixed quickly. Make sure that your apartment complex has a protocol in place for any unexpected tenant emergencies.
10. What security measures are in place?
Living on your own for the first time can be sort of nerve-wracking, but it’s exponentially easier when you know you are living in a community that is concerned for your well-being. Ask your landlord what security measures are in place to help make your apartment a safe place to be.
11. Am I required to get renters insurance?
Although renter’s insurance is typically optional, there are instances where a landlord may require that you carry it. Even if they don’t, it’s definitely something you want to consider. It’s extremely cheap and can save you a lot of trouble later down the line!
12. How do I pay the rent?
Lastly, if you’re ready to move forward, you’ll want to know what your options are when it comes time to pay up. Does your landlord accept checks or credit cards? Are you required to pay online, by mail, or in-office?
Looking for Your First Apartment Rental in Hattiesburg?
Now that you know all the best questions to ask, it’s time to find your perfect apartment rental! The team at Hattiesburg Apartments, LLC is excited to walk you through the process from start to finish so that nothing gets missed! Take a look through our database of available units today and contact us to get started!